Ayatana residents looking for micro plastic in the Rideau River

Ayatana residents in Philippe Lake

Artist Kathryn Cooke measures disolved oxygen levels in Brewer Pond

Reasedents test water for psticides at the National Wildlife Research Center

writer Raimunso Nenen observes the Gatineua Ruver

Artist Ivetta Sun Young Kang taking water samples for testing

Residents watch the Hogs Back lockmaster on the Rideau Canal

Residents discuss the physics of water with a resonating bowl

Ayatana Residents sailing the Ottawa River with captain Devon Bartle



















































July 2019
Deadline to apply: Jan 12, 2019

Submerge is a research residency for visiting writers and conceptual artists to study human relationships with water. It will take place over a week at the confluence of the Gatineau, Ottawa and Rideau Rivers, in Canada in the summer of 2019. The residency involves daily excursions onto water with a variety of experts like river keepers, scientists and sailors. The program will include journeys on several different kinds of boats on several different bodies of water. Residents will gain a rudimentary understanding of natural water systems, urban water treatment and wetland wildlife.

Ayatana residencies focus on research by visual and conceptual artists. Submerge facilitates experiences particularly suited to writers and is designed to offer a nourishing context for thinkers to explore concepts for creative projects. Artists, musicians and dancers are invited to apply. This residency will host five or six selected international artists. This action packed research residency leaves little time free for making art, so brainstorming ideas at the conceptualization stage is encouraged at all times.


All activities are subject to change depending on ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Outings will go ahead rain or shine.  All outings are designed for beginners. No boating or science experience is necessary.  Hikes will not be strenuous. 

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Limnology and microplastics
Visit the Water and Ice Research Lab at Carelton U.

Tour a working hydro electric dam.
A behind the scenes look at the Farmer Rapids Dam.

Demonstrations of the physics of water at the University of Ottawa

Introduction to dowsing workshop
Learn to find water with the Ottawa Dowsing Club.

Sail the Ottawa River on a 29 foot sailboat.
Learn about aquatic navigation.

Visit a series of local waterfalls, weirs and a covered bridge.

River Keeper and water shed activism
Explore the Gatineau River with the River Keeper to learn about the health of the Ottawa water shed.

Effects of Pesticides on wildlife
Test fresh water and test for nionicitinoids with the National Wildlife Research Center


Visit a lockmaster along the Rideau Canal to learn about the locks and their history.

Visit a historian to learn about pre and post colonial history of the Gatineau River.


Residents will be picked up in Ottawa, Canada and driven to the Ayatana Residency House, near the small town of Chelsea, Quebec. This culturally vibrant town, surrounded by the Gatineau Hills is nestled between Gatineau National Park and the Gatineau River.


$1250 USD
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Official invites will be given to accepted applicants to help in the procuration of grants and funding.


What is included:
All activities.
Transportation to all activities.
Supplies, equipment and technical gear.
A comfortable bed in the Ayatana residency house.
Most meals will be provided, cooked by our resident chef. *Residents will be responsible for paying for their own meals from restaurants, which will happen 2 or 3 times during the week.


How to apply 
Send the following material to
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 images, files or links

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.


Disclaimer: Those who do not like the outdoors or to talk about art, need not apply.

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See photos of previous Ayatana water residencies here:

Submerge 2018

Submerge 2017

Quench 2016